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Graduation Requirements

Graduation from Art Center is based upon successful completion of the curriculum of the department to which the student was admitted. This is estimated to take a minimum of eight terms, depending on availability of classes and amount of transfer credit.

Undergraduate students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 to graduate. Graduate students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 to graduate.

Undergraduate students must complete a minimum residency of four terms at Art Center to be eligible to receive their initial Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from Art Center.

To graduate, students must complete all studio and Humanities and Design Sciences (academic) course requirements within their department, including a minimum number of units by subject area. Current course requirements are listed at Inside Art Center. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Students are expected to assume responsibility for their progress toward graduation. All course work must be completed prior to the date of graduation.

Students must graduate in the term in which they complete their Humanities and Design Sciences course requirements, all studio required courses and any needed studio electives, and in which they have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher. Students may not enroll in a subsequent term and defer graduation.

Students are ineligible for graduation until all requirements are complete, all account restrictions are cleared and all money due for tuition, fees, fines or supplies is paid.

Undergraduate Students entering Spring 2002 or later:
BFA programs must complete 135 total units (90 studio units and 45 academic units). BS programs must complete 144 total units (99 studio units and 45 academic units).

Graduate:
Graduate students must complete all course work with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. When a student has successfully completed all six terms, Art Center will consider the studentís graduate program course work to be complete. However, the student must complete a thesis in order to be eligible for graduation.

All course work, including thesis, must be completed prior to the date of graduation. Students are ineligible for graduation until all course work requirements are complete, all account restrictions are cleared and all money due for tuition, fees, fines or supplies is paid. Students must be enrolled at Art Center during the term in which they graduate.

 

Required Courses by Program

Broadcast Cinema
42 units of Studio Broadcast CInema courses and 27 units of Academic Broadcast Cinema courses are required (69 units total) to graduate.

Art
Requirements include general required classes and M.F.A. exhibition (terms 5, 6), with a total of 110 units to graduate.

Industrial Design
A list of required courses is available upon request.

Media Design
Requirements include the MDP core curriculum, including Super Studio, Graduate Design Research, Communication Design, Interaction Design, History and Theory of Media and Narrative Structures. First-year students may take no more than one elective in the Fall and Spring terms. Second-year students concentrate on thesis project development under the guidance of the core faculty.

Humanities and Design Sciences Requirements

Undergraduate students must complete 45 credits of Humanities and Design Sciences classes to graduate.

Each student must complete Writing Studio, Art of Research and Introduction to Modernism by the end of their fifth term.

Students whose Writing Studio requirement is waived must complete Art of Research and Introduction to Modernism by the end of their fourth term.

Students who do not fulfill these requirements will be given the opportunity to do so in one Art Center Lite term.

A student with third-term standing who has enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) but not passed the course will be placed on ESL Probation. A student who fails ESL twice will be placed on ESL Suspension.

In order to return to Art Center after suspension, students must pass an oral and written exam administered by the Director of Writing, and submit official transcripts from a regionally accredited college showing a grade of C†or higher in all required areas.

Graduate Graduation Requirements

Requirements vary from program to program and are outlined by individual programs.

The completion of a minimum of four terms in residence in the masterís program is required. A graduation petition must be completed and filed with Enrollment Services during the term prior to the term in which the student intends to graduate. Details of the graduation petition are available from Enrollment Services.

Degrees are awarded as Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts or Master of Science; no additional honors are awarded upon graduation.

All graduate coursework must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

For Graduate Art students, the original and one copy of the final draft of the written thesis must be presented to the head of the studentís graduate program no later than the tenth week of the term during which the student expects to graduate.

Members of the faculty are invited to attend and participate in the final oral defense of the thesis and project, which takes place during the last term of residence.

The defense is conducted by the candidateís committee and may pertain to any and all aspects of the studentís graduate work. After the defense, the candidates in Art and Industrial Design present a graduate exhibition of studio work completed while in residence at Art Center.

The committee, in conjunction with the head of the studentís graduate program, gives final approval to the thesis and graduate exhibition.

Awarding of the degree is based upon those approvals and upon attainment of the 3.00 cumulative grade point average for course work.

Degrees and Honors

Students are recommended for baccalaureate degrees and honors by their department, according to the following standards:

Cumulative GPA of 3.50 to 3.79: With Honors
Cumulative GPA of 3.80 and higher (with portfolio review and endorsement by the faculty): With Distinction

   
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